WIM Episode 17: Ben Chiarelli, Founder & CEO of Cellibre

Ben is the founder and CEO of Cellibre, a next-generation cellular agriculture company that is ushering in the next great industrial revolution by treating biology as a manufacturing technology, turning cells into specialized, sustainable factories for the manufacture of globally significant products at scale. Ben formally worked with Dr. J Craig Venter and Nobel Laureate Dr. Ham Smith as the Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Synthetic Genomics (SGI) where he was responsible for defining, evolving and implementing SGI's strategy across all of its franchises. Ben joined SGI from Millennium Health, a leading medication solutions company focused on solving the opioid epidemic, where he led the strategy and corporate development efforts. Prior to joining industry, Ben had a nine-year tenure on Wall Street, where he executed over $20 billion in transactions. Ben earned his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He is also the co-founder of Divitempus Ventures, ConvenCare and the 32/21 Foundation.

Episode Takeaways:

  • You need to get value to build value - this is the fundamental basis of life

  • Ben believes that money is a vehicle to make commerce easier - it helps us define a price and determination of value

  • Value does not always mean how much money you make - it is more about the consumer experience and investing in that

  • Biggest Money Tip: invest in things & diversify your ventures - if you’re young, you should invest in stock market because it’s more volatile, but when you’re older and in retirement, it’s best to invest in less risky ventures. Ben himself does not invest in the stock market - instead, he invests in companies & real estate.